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Proverbs 10:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And [so is] wisdom to a man of understanding.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And [so is] wisdom to a man of understanding.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is as sport to a foolish [man] to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— It is, mere sport to a stupid man, to commit lewdness, but, wisdom, pertaineth to a man of understanding.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To execute inventions [is] as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom is prudence to a man.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— It [is] as a sport to a foole to doe mischiefe: but a man of vnderstanding [hath] wisedome.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A fool does mischief in sport; but wisdom brings forth prudence for a man.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] as sport 7814
{7814} Prime
From H7832; laughter (in meriment or defiance).
to a fool 3684
{3684} Prime
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
to do 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
mischief: 2154
{2154} Prime
From H2161; a plan, especially a bad one.
but a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
of understanding 8394
{8394} Prime
The second and third forms being feminine; from H0995; intelligence; by implication an argument; by extension caprice.
hath wisdom. 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 10:23

_ _ Sin is the pleasure of the wicked; wisdom that of the good.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 10:23

_ _ Here is, 1. Sin exceedingly sinful: It is as laughter to a fool to do mischief; it is as natural to him, and as pleasant, as it is to a man to laugh. Wickedness is his Isaac (that is the word here); it is his delight, his darling, and that in which he pleases himself. He makes a laughing matter of sin. When he is warned not to sin, from the consideration of the law of God and the revelation of his wrath against sin, he makes a jest of the admonition, and laughs at the shaking of the spear; when he has sinned, instead of sorrowing for it, he boasts of it, ridicules reproofs, and laughs away the convictions of his own conscience, Proverbs 14:9. 2. Wisdom exceedingly wise, for it carries along with it the evidence of its own excellency; it may be predicated of itself, and this is encomium enough; you need say no more in praise of a man of understanding than this, “He is an understanding man; he has wisdom; he is so wise as not to do mischief, or if he has, through oversight, offended, he is so wise as not to make a jest of it.” Or, to pronounce wisdom wise indeed, read it thus: As it is a sport to a fool to do mischief, so it is to a man of understanding to have wisdom and to show it. Besides the future recompence, a good man has as much present pleasure in the restraints and exercises of religion as sinners can pretend to in the liberties and enjoyments of sin, and much more, and much better.

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Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.
Proverbs 15:21 Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Proverbs 26:18-19 As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, ... So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment.
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Pv 14:9; 15:21; 26:18. Ec 11:9.

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